Twenty Gems from Hunter S. Thompson

Let me start off advising you, Hunter S. Thompson is my idol as a writer (RIP). Thompson was undoubtedly eccentric. The guns, the wild acid trips… He has been described by his ex-wife as a man that could be truly loving and caring, but had a dark side that he was well aware of. I relate to that. I relate to his writing. The American Dream is dead, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas was an ingenious book proving his point. A direct quote from the man, “The American Dream really is fucked.” The writer had a different way of viewing life, the wandering mind is the most creative and I believe Thompson possesed said trait. My connection with Thompson is something I cannot quite explain. I relate, like I previously mentioned. I do not believe it is uncommon to possess a dark side to some degree. It is healthy to be aware of it, and Hunter had no issue admitting his problems. If you have not read, or watched anything on Hunter S. Thompson I highly suggest you do so. Just a heads up, there will be a full Hunter S. piece on his contributions to modern journalism. Here are 20 passages/quotes from Thompson that hit home for me as both a person, and aspiring writer (as well as quotes encompassing his attitude toward life):

“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming “Wow! What a Ride!”

― Hunter S. ThompsonThe Proud Highway: Saga of a Desperate Southern Gentleman, 1955-1967

“Life has become immeasurably better since I have been forced to stop taking it seriously.”

― Hunter S. Thompson

“I was not proud of what I had learned but I never doubted that it was worth knowing.”

― Hunter S. ThompsonThe Rum Diary

“Maybe there is no Heaven. Or maybe this is all pure gibberish—a product of the demented imagination of a lazy drunken hillbilly with a heart full of hate who has found a way to live out where the real winds blow—to sleep late, have fun, get wild, drink whisky, and drive fast on empty streets with nothing in mind except falling in love and not getting arrested . . . Res ipsa loquitur. Let the good times roll.”

― Hunter S. ThompsonGeneration of Swine: Tales of Shame and Degradation in the ’80’s

“Every now and then when your life gets complicated and the weasels start closing in, the only cure is to load up on heinous chemicals and then drive like a bastard from Hollywood to Las Vegas … with the music at top volume and at least a pint of ether.”

― Hunter S. ThompsonFear and Loathing in Las Vegas

“It was obvious that he was a man who marched through life to the rhythms of some drum I would never hear.”

― Hunter S. ThompsonHell’s Angels: A Strange and Terrible Saga

“I have no taste for either poverty or honest labor, so writing is the only recourse left for me.”

― Hunter S. ThompsonThe Proud Highway: Saga of a Desperate Southern Gentleman, 1955-1967

“I understand that fear is my friend, but not always. Never turn your back on Fear. It should always be in front of you, like a thing that might have to be killed. My father taught me that, along with a few other things that have kept my life interesting.”

― Hunter S. ThompsonKingdom of Fear: Loathsome Secrets of a Star-Crossed Child in the Final Days of the American Century

“In a nation run by swine, all pigs are upward-mobile and the rest of us are fucked until we can put our acts together: not necessarily to win, but mainly to keep from losing completely.”

― Hunter S. ThompsonThe Great Shark Hunt: Strange Tales from a Strange Time

“There was an awful suspicion in my mind that I’d finally gone over the hump, and the worst thing about it was that I didn’t feel tragic at all, but only weary, and sort of comfortably detached.”

― Hunter S. ThompsonThe Rum Diary

“Faster, Faster, until the thrill of speed overcomes the fear of death.”
― Hunter S. Thompson

“I’m a relatively respectable citizen. Multiple felon perhaps, but certainly not dangerous.”

― Hunter S. Thompson

“Anything that gets your blood racing is probably worth doing.”

― Hunter S. Thompson

“I would feel real trapped in this life if I didn’t know I could commit suicide at any time.”

― Hunter S. Thompson

“I felt a tremendous distance between myself and everything real.”

― Hunter S. ThompsonThe Rum Diary

“I shared a vagrant optimism that some of us were making real progress, that we had taken an honest road, and that the best of us would inevitably make it over the top. At the same time, I felt that the life we were leading was a lost cause, that we were all actor, kidding ourselves on a senseless odyssey. It was the tension between those two poles – a restless idealism on one hand and a sense of impending doom on the other – that kept me going.”

― Hunter S. ThompsonThe Rum Diary

“One of them is knowing the difference between Morality and Wisdom. Morality is temporary, Wisdom is permanent… Ho ho. Take that one to bed with you tonight.”

― Hunter S. ThompsonKingdom of Fear: Loathsome Secrets of a Star-Crossed Child in the Final Days of the American Century

 “I will fight for your right to be weird- just as I know you will fight for mine.”
― Hunter S. Thompson

“A man can live on his wits and his balls for only so long.”

― Hunter S. ThompsonThe Rum Diary

“All political power comes from the barrel of either guns, pussy, or opium pipes, and people seem to like it that way.”

― Hunter S. Thompson

I would normally provide some sort of explanation to why I chose each quote by the late Hunter S. Thompson. I just didn’t feel the need to. He is the most innovative/best writer in the past century. He had a way with words and the ability of storytelling that has yet to be matched. Get familiar with the work of Hunter S. Thompson.tumblr_mrn7vtpqv01s2rll0o1_500

Evan Hablitzel

Sports Chat Co-Founder

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